Spotlight

A home worthy of great music

When scheduling the Feb. 8 dedication of the renovated Hill Hall and ribbon cutting for its modernized auditorium, the music department certainly planned to show off its superior acoustics with performances of Bach and Schubert by faculty and students. But organizers probably didn’t count on a sunny, 71-degree day in the midst of winter. “Again…

Well Said: The 40th anniversary of the Carolina Jazz Festival

When Jim Ketch founded the Carolina Jazz Festival 40 years ago as a small Music Department event, the goal was to give his students a chance to rub shoulders with professional musicians. In the decades that followed, the festival morphed into a much larger event, inspiring not just Carolina students but also high schoolers from…

‘First faces of dentistry’

A trip to the dentist can be a nerve-wracking experience for a 3-year-old. “There’s scary noises,” said Natalie Dunlop, a third-year student at the UNC School of Dentistry. “There’s water. There’s suction. There’s buzzing. There are motors. I can understand that it can be scary and overwhelming.” To help overcome the anxiety surrounding the dental…

Glass at 80

Beginning this week, in celebration of his 80th birthday, acclaimed composer Philip Glass will come to Carolina’s campus for Glass at 80. Carolina Performing Arts will host and honor this iconic American artist through an international festival of performances Feb. 1-10 across the spectrum of his prolific creative output and diverse artistic collaborations. Glass, born…

Well Said: George Washington Carver’s fungal specimens

When Carol Ann McCormick began sorting through the thousands of fungal specimens stored at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Herbarium, she was shocked by what she found. Included in the collection, which had fallen into disarray throughout the years, were fungal specimens collected by the renowned botanist George Washington Carver. Born into…

Shakespeare hits the road

It wasn’t the at-capacity, world-class PlayMakers Repertory Company stage that left its mark on UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student and actor Schuyler Mastain. It was in a nook at Durham County Public Library and in the Inter-Faith Council residential facility for homeless men where Mastain sharpened his definition of artist. Enrolled in the University’s Professional Actor Training Program, Mastain and six…

The Old Well – in 3-D

Whether it’s the backdrop for a cap and gown photo after Commencement or the must-see stop for visitors, the Old Well is one of the most photographed spots on campus. And perhaps nobody has taken more photos of the Carolina icon than Steve Davis. Davis and his colleagues at the University’s Research Laboratories of Archaeology…

UNC-Chapel Hill student Benjamin Kompa named Churchill Scholar

Benjamin Kompa, a fourth-year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named a recipient of the prestigious Churchill Scholarship, a research-focused award that provides funding to outstanding American students for a year of master’s study in science, mathematics and engineering at Churchill College, based at the University of Cambridge in…